HOUSTON – Locomotive lovers, the season of lights, holiday shopping and caroling is chugging into full swing. What better way to get into the holly jolly holiday spirit than with one of these yuletide train adventures happening in the Houston-area?
Trains over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
On view Nov. 20 through Jan. 3, the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s annual spectacle in miniature features a detailed, tennis-court-size approximation of the Lone Star State packed with replicas of some of Texas' most iconic landmarks, including Enchanted Rock and Pedernales Falls. From Big Bend all the way to downtown Houston’s “Be Someone” sign, model trains zoom around the display, passing through oil country salt domes, prairies and the wetlands of the Texas coast. Along with an overview of the state’s rail history, the exhibit offers visitors a one-of-a-kind look at Texas' geology. Fun fact: Unsurprisingly, the exhibit is the largest indoor O-scale model railroad in Texas.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Nov. 20 through Jan. 3
Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston
Details: $15-$25, “Trains Over Texas” included in price of general admission; (713) 639-4629, hmns.org
The Christmas Train at Victory Camp in Alvin
The Christmas Train chugs into Alvin Nov. 27, beginning another run of the popular holiday attraction. On this yuletide train, passengers will enjoy an eight-to 12-minute ride through a winter wonderland (a.k.a., Camp Victory) decorated with over 300,000 lights and hundreds of Christmas decorations including a gingerbread village display, penguin snow lands, and life-size storybook illustrations.